Brooklyn Book Festival
Aliens of Extraordinary Talent
Sunday, September 18th
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
150 Broadway 20th Floor
New York, NY 10038
City of Asylum is excited to be a part of the Brooklyn Book Festival‘s Bookend Event on Sunday evening, September 18, from 7 pm – 8:30 pm, at LMHQ in New York City.
Three acclaimed novelists– Horacio Castellanos Moya, Israel Centeno, and Yaghoub Yadali– will do short reading from the novels causing their exile and discuss the impact of exile on their writing. The event will be moderated by novelist Akhil Sharma and is FREE to the public.
Horacio Castellanos Moya (El Salvador) is the author of ten novels, five short story collections, and a book of essays. For two decades, he worked as a journalist in Mexico, Guatemala and Venezuela. He was a writer-in-residence at Frankfurt International Book Fair (2004-2006) and at City of Asylum (2006-2011). Currently on the faculty at the University of Iowa, he also taught in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2009, he was guest researcher at the University of Tokyo with a fellowship granted by the Japan Foundation. His novels have been translated into French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Swedish, and English. Four novels are now available in English:Senselessness, She-Devil in the Mirror, Dance with Snakes, Tyrant Memory, and The Dream of My Return
Israel Centeno (Venezuela) is a writer-in-residence at City of Asylum, having arrived in 2011. He is the author of poetry, short stories, and ten novels and is regarded as one of the most important Venezuelan literary figures of the past fifty years. He has won numerous awards, including the Federico Garcia Lorca Award in Spain and the National Council of Culture Award in Venezuela in 1991. Known as a literary innovator, his work deals with urban dystopias and controversial themes. Read “Ten Questions for Israel Centeno”, published by Venezuelan Literature (UK), March 6, 2013.
Yaghoub Yadali, a fiction writer from Iran, was a City of Asylum Writer-in-residence from 2013-2015. He has directed for television and was an editor of Roshd magazine. He is the author of the short story collection, Sketches in the Garden (1997) and the novels Adaab-e Bi-Gharari (The Rituals of Restlessness), which won the 2004 Golshiri Foundation Award, and Probability of Merriment and Mooning (2001). His short stories, articles, essays, and translations are widely published in Iran, and in Turkey.